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Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics

Emily Thomas


What is time? Traditionally, it has been answered that time is a product of the human mind, or the motion of celestial bodies. In the mid-seventeenth century, a new kind of answer emerged: time or eternal duration is ‘absolute’, in the sense it is independent of human minds and material bodies. This study explores the development of absolute time or eternal duration during one of Britain’s richest and most creative metaphysical periods, from the 1640s to the 1730s. It features an interconnected set of main characters—Henry More, Walter Charleton, Isaac Barrow, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Samuel ... More

Keywords: absolutism, time, eternity, duration, space, relationism, God, Henry More, Isaac Newton, John Locke metaphysics, Isaac Barrow, Samuel Clarke

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807933
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807933.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Thomas, author
Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Durham University